All objects and people have familiar characteristics. The intense colour painting of the flowers that are growing in their environment, not cut and arranged in a vase.
Flowers uplift our spirits, seducing our senses through colour, form, smell, location and season. Flowers surround our memories so that they conjure past moments of our lives. My earliest memory of a flower is a cadmium red tulip, tight lipped in a vase on the dining room table. I was too impatient to wait for it to open so I prized the petals apart and peered inside. The intense yellow with the black insect-like stamen and premature pollen covering my fingers shocked me.
My walks through Regents Park, Highgate, Primrose Hill and my local community gardens (Culpeper and Olden gardens) are the inspiration for this exhibition as well as the amazing experiences of working in Cornwall at The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.